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CyanogenMod working on Google Now competitor?

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Android

Over the past 24 hours early reports have emerged suggesting CyanogenMod (CM) are working on a rival application to Google Now. The so-called ‘CM Home’ looks very similar to Now adopting what appears to be an assortment of card-based information panels which read various snippets of information such as local weather, time, things-to-do and so on.

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Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon - The ultimate Windows 7 replacement

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Linux
Microsoft
Reviews

Today I am going to be reviewing Linux Mint 17 with the Cinnamon desktop environment which is the best that Linux Mint has to offer.

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Six Clicks: More Linux single-board computers

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Linux
Hardware

DIY and gadget fans alike love the Raspberry Pi. Now, they'll have more to love with the new Raspberry Pi B+.

For the same $35 price as the original Model B, the Model B+ still uses the ARM-based Broadcom BCM2835 chipset, 512MB of RAM, and 700MHz low-power ARM1176JZ-F applications processor.

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KernelASan: Bringing Address Sanitizer To The Linux Kernel

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Linux

Work being done by Samsung and other Linux stakeholders is bringing the Address Sanitizer capabilities found in GCC as being useful for detecting potential memory issues within the Linux kernel.

Address Sanitizer is the feature within GCC (and now LLVM/Clang too) for detecting memory corruption bugs like buffer overflows, use-after-free, and other memory errors. Address Sanitizer is successfully used in the real world for finding bugs within Firefox, Chromium, FFmpeg, and many other projects for using this easy memory detection instrumentation within the compiler.

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OSCON 2014 – The Art of Tizen UI Theme Technology in Various Profiles

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Linux

Tizen, the follow on Operating System (OS) from MeeGo, is aimed at various profiles, not only mobile, just like MeeGo was. With that in mind a User Interface (UI) must be scalable and themeable to support these diverse profiles. Daniel Juyung Seo, who is a software engineer from Samsung, will be presenting at OSCON at 11:30am 23rd July a session entitled “The Art of Tizen UI Theme Technology in Various Profiles”. There will also be a stand at OSCON with demonstrations about the Tizen SDK.

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6 Excellent Lightweight Linux Distros for x86 and ARM

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Linux

Presenting a nice assortment of lightweight yet fully-functional Linux distros for all occasions. All of these are full distros that do not depend on cloud services; four for x86 and two, count 'em, two for ARM hardware.

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More Intel DRM Improvements Aimed For Linux 3.17

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Development
Linux

With the Linux 3.16 kernel just being a few weeks away from its debut, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has out another batch of changes being queued up for drm-next to enter with Linux 3.17.

Intel already has offered various DRM changes for Linux 3.17 in multiple batches while today Intel's Daniel Vetter has shared the latest set of changes.

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Raspberry Pi 3D full-body scanner interview

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Development
Interviews
Gadgets

“In the last five to six years I began working with 3D printers and CNC machines. I started to build stuff, such as furniture and gadgets, and my first Raspberry Pi project was the Pi Snap Box. It’s the size of a mini-PC and is a box you put on the wall with one button on it. If you press the button, it takes three photos. It posts the first photo to a Facebook account for whoever the box belongs to. So for example, if you hang it up in a hairdresser’s salon and get your hair done all nicely, people could then see the good results on the hairdresser’s Facebook page.

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CRUX 3.1 Distro Is for Linux Aficionados

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Slack

CRUX, a lightweight and optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users, which is reflected in a straightforward tar.gz-based package system, is now at version 3.1.

It's been more than a year since the release of CRUX 3.0 and nothing too spectacular has happened in the meantime. The developers have upgraded a number of packages and other components, but the rest is pretty much the same...

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OpenELEC 4.2 Beta 1 Is Now Based on XBMC “Gotham” 13.2 Beta 1 and Linux Kernel 3.15

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GNU
Linux
Software

The OpenELEC developers have managed to quickly release a new version of their Linux distribution based on the XBMC Gotham 13.2 Beta 1, which is only a week old. This multimedia hub is used on its own, but it can also be implemented in an operating system.

The distribution is based on the latest XBMC version, which means that its developers are constantly implementing all the bleeding edge features and changes from that software.

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Avoid the Android vampire apps

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Android
Security

Some Android applications will drain your smartphone or tablet of battery life, storage or bandwidth like a blood-sucking fiend. Here's what's what with the worst of the worst.

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Kerala Legislature announces smooth transition to free software

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GNU
OSS

The Kerala Legislative Assembly has made a significant transition to the free software platform for recording its voluminous business.

The Speaker’s announcement to this effect a couple of days ago represented a milestone not just for the IT Department of the Niyama Sabha, but also for the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (Icfoss) based here, the larger free software community, and free software enterprises in Kerala.

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Manjaro 0.8.10 Netbook Edition is now available!

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GNU
Linux

The Netbook Edition uses a lightened and customised Xfce environment. Screen real estate is optimised with the use of a single vertical panel that includes DockBarX (via a plug-in) and through a modified version of Xfwm4 (Xfce’s window manager), based on xfwm4-titleless-dev, further patched for default-maximized support.

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A juggernaut like the NHS won’t find it easy to drop Windows for open source - but it should

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
OSS

Microsoft is a commercial venture so it is reasonable for them to sell their products, which they do via licensing per unit. The NHS has about 100,000 computers, so it pays a considerable amount and also has a lot of work to do each time there’s a required update for any of their server technologies or desktop computers. While it needs some technical tweaking, Windows is sold as something that comes out of the box and should work. Designed to work with a wide range of different types of systems, the one size that fits (almost) all computers is a bonus for many technical managers.

But it hasn’t been problem-free. Most hospitals still have thousands of PCs running Windows XP which stopped being supported earlier this year.

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Linux System Administration Skills are Changing

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Linux

When was the last time you compiled a kernel? For many of the latest generation of Linux admins, the answer is really simple: never. I am one of those, provided we don't count a few times I tried it just for fun, then couldn't see why I would need a custom kernel and went back to my out-of-the-box kernel.

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Robolinux 7.5.5 Brings the Fully Encrypted Cloud Service Spider Oak for Free to Its Users

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Robolinux is best known for a feature called Stealth VM Software that allows uses to create a clone of a Windows operating system, with all the installed programs and updates. This would allow potential users to switch to a Linux environment and continue to use their favorite Windows-only applications, although there is a performance penalty.

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Firefox OS lands in Germany – with France, Asia, and more to come

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Linux
Moz/FF

Mozilla's Firefox OS continues its slow march across the globe, with carriers set to begin shipping devices running the open source, browser-based smartphone platform in additional developed markets this week.

Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica has previously sold Firefox OS phones in Spain, but the bulk of its efforts have been focused on its subsidiaries in Spanish-speaking emerging markets, including Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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Slackware Turns 21 Years Old

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GNU
Linux
Slack

It was on this day in 1993 that Patrick Volkerding announced the Slackware 1.00 release that was inspired by the Softlanding Linux System.

Slackware remains kicking after 21 years of guidance by its leader Patrick Volkerding. The most recent release of Slackware is version 14.1 that took place late last year with the Linux 3.10 kernel -- a long way from the initial Slackware 1.00 release that used the pre-1.0 Linux kernel (0.99.11).

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Chromebook – What it is and what it isn’t.

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GNU
Linux
Google

People who read my tweets and articles will know that I love my Chromebook. I’ve been very productive with it and I believe I am over the two month mark of having used it exclusively. Is it possible to live your online work/life with a Chromebook.

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Heterogeneous multicore dev platform targets Linux

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Development
Linux

Mentor Graphics has released a heterogeneous multicore development platform for combining Linux, Nucleus, and bare metal OSes on a single multicore SoC.

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